Parliament is an American brand of cigarettes, currently owned and manufactured by Philip Morris USA in the United States and Philip Morris International outside of the United States. Parliaments are distinctive for their recessed paper filter with a ring of air holes, in contrast to the solid foam filters on other filtered cigarettes.


The brand was launched in 1931 and is distinctive for its recessed paper filters. It was originally used as an advertising gimmick when cigarettes did not have filters.

Until the late 1950s, Parliaments were packaged in a two-layer “hard” pack.

Cigarette filters became common in most cigarettes in the 1950s. In the 1940s and 1950s, the brand was marketed for its unique filters, with advertisements reading, “Only the flavor touches your lips”, and “Tobacco tastes best when the filter’s recessed”.

The brand also claimed that the recessed filter prevented tar from making contact with the smoker’s mouth, unlike standard filters.

It is the 12th best-selling international brand and the 4th largest PMI brand. In 2016, the volume of produced Parliament cigarettes was 46 billion. The brand is sold in more than 30 countries.

Parliament cigarettes are the first to introduce their unique recessed filter, which, along with their soft flavor and smooth taste, made Parliament a very popular brand. The recessed filter of Parliament cigarettes makes the smoking experience more pleasant, fulfilling and softer, which is a great advantage for heavy smokers. 


Parliaments are sold in the following varieties:

Parliament cigarettes with recessed filter

  • Blue Pack (Full Flavor) Kings—Box
  • White Pack (Lights) Kings—Soft and Box
  • White Pack (Lights) 100’s—Soft and Box
  • Silver Pack (Ultra Lights) Kings—Box


  • Green Pack (Menthol Full Flavor) Kings—Box
  • White Pack (Menthol Lights) Kings—Box
  • White Pack 100’s (Menthol Lights)—Box
  • Silver Pack (Menthol Ultra Lights) Kings—Box

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